Belarus 2016. Flat market thanks to booming local production

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Belarus Vehicles sales 2016 had been flat with total volume near 50.000 units while counting both official and grey import. The robust increase in local production sustained the sector in a declining economy.

According to a flash estimate released on 18 January, Belarus’ GDP contracted 2.6% in 2016. The annual drop was softer than in 2015 but the improvement was not visible in all parts of the economy and a steep road to recovery still lies ahead. Positive signs emerged in industry in particular, with full-year data showing that industrial production contracted at a remarkably softer pace than in 2015 thanks to strong growth in vehicle production, which offset most of the contractions in other categories.

The recent localization of production for many carmakers, in the hope to take advantage from both geographic and geopolitical position, sustained the domestic market during the year with total sales stable in the range of 50.000 units, of which almost the half imported in a parallel channel, mainly from Russia.

The difficulties to follow both the official market (reported by the local Association of Car Distributors, and the grey market, moved Focus2move Team to come back on the decision, aiming to publish less data but more reliable. So from now, we are back on reporting jus the “official sales”.

They had been flat in the 2016 at 27.000 units.

Market leader was Renault, with 31.2% of market share, followed by Volkswagen with 16.5%, Lada with 8.1% and Skoda with 6.9%.

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 Models

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